October 10th – 13th: Family Friendly Events and More Things to Do this Weekend in Chicago

Experience fun, family-friendly activities this weekend in Chicago. Shop for the whole family at the Fair Trade Warehouse Sale in Humboldt Park. Dine with your loved ones as you experience new restaurants during Lincoln Square Ravenswood Restaurant Week. Cheer on your family members as they run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Nestle around the campfire with your family as you enjoy s’mores, music, movies, and more at the Chicago Campfire Festival. These events, plus more are perfect for the entire family. For more details, check out the full weekend seekers guide below.


Fair Trade Warehouse Sale

Friday – Saturday | October 11th – 12th | Time Varies

2950 W Chicago Ave. | Free

Image | Greenheart Shop

Conscious shopping is growing. Are you interested in learning how you can support this movement locally in Chicago? According to Nielsen, sustainable product sales have increased by nearly 20 percent since 2014. Shop ethically and fair trade goods this weekend at the Fair Trade Warehouse Sale in Humboldt Park. Shop samples, seconds and discount products from Chicago based fair trade businesses. Check out over a dozen participating vendors at this fair trade shopping event. For more details, visit the event page.

Handmade Market Chicago

Saturday |October 12th| 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Empty Bottle | 1035 N Western Ave.| Free

Image | Handmade Market Chicago

Find handmade pieces that are perfect for the fall season at this month’s Handmade Market Chicago. The unique shopping event connects shoppers with local vendors and talented artists. Shop and discover one-of-a-kind goods from 30 makers this Saturday. For more details, visit the Facebook page here.

Food + Drink: 

Bacon and Beer Classic

Saturday | October 12th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm (VIP Entry at 1:00pm)

Soldier Field | 1410 Museum Campus Dr. | $55 – $99

Image | Bacon and Beer

Dine on bacon-infused dishes with your choice of beer at the Annual Bacon and Beer Classic. This food event takes place at Soldier’s Field this Saturday and features over 80 craft beers and more than 40 different mouth-watering bacon-themed tasty bites created by local restaurants. Treat yourself this fall by grabbing tickets to this savory event. For more details, visit the website.

LSR Restaurant Week 2019

Sunday – Friday| October 13th – 18th | Time Varies

Location Varies | Free

Image | Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Explore Lincoln Square and Ravenswood restaurants starting this weekend in Chicago. The neighborhood kicks off a week of dining and supporting local restaurants with prix-fixe menus and other food and drink specials all week long. Dine differently this Sunday by experiencing one of the participating neighborhood restaurants. For details, visit LincolnSquare.org.


Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Sunday | October 13th | 7:00 a.m.

Grant Park |337 E Randolph St.| Free


On your mark, get set, run! Join thousands of runners and spectators this Sunday for the Annual Bank of American Chicago Marathon. This weekend, the city will welcome runners from more than 100 countries and all 50 states, striding through 29 vibrant neighborhoods on an architectural and cultural tour of Chicago. Annually, an estimated 1.7 million spectators line the streets cheering on more than 40,000 runners from the start line to the final stretch down Columbus Drive. For more information about the event and how to get involved, go to chicagomarathon.com.

Arts + Culture:

The Chicago Campfire Festival

Saturday | October 12th | 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Chase Park | 4701 N Ashland Ave. | $0- $13

Image | Campfire Fesitval

A fun family-friendly event, The Chicago Campfire festival is an all day event that celebrates the whimsy of autumn. Enjoy real camp fires, marshmallows roasting, ghost stories, live music, and other fall treats. Bring your own blanket and cooler and enjoy charming, fun, and cool evening in the city. For tickets to the festival, visit the website here. ​​

Chicago Ideas Week

Saturday – Thursday | October 12th – 17th | Time Varies

Location Varies | $15 – $40

You Are Beautiful | Image by Taylor Justin

Chicago Ideas is a week-long series of events inspiring people from every single part of Chicago to take action. From world class speakers and influencers to groundbreaking accessible events this grassroots initiative is all about thought-provoking content and inspires attendees to create the change that they want to see in the world. For tickets and a full schedule of events activities visit Chicago Ideas.

Find the best things to do this October by checking out this month’s events guide. Need more ideas on this go do? Check out 32 of the best fall events happening in Chicago.

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